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Getting Technical - February 2022

How do I get started with administrative reports in ArcGIS Online? How do I effectively link field workflows when working with multiple ArcGIS mobile apps? How do I explain to upper management how GIS can be used more broadly? Get the answers to all that and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Eye-Catching Effects
Make your ArcGIS Online maps pop with layer effects. Simple enhancements—whether it’s adding a drop shadow or increasing the intensity of the colors on your map—make your work really stand out. Subtle improvements like these make your maps look polished and professional.

Master URL Parameters with ArcGIS Mobile Apps Part 1
Looking for an effective way to link field workflows when working with multiple ArcGIS mobile apps? Search no further than universal app parameters!

Hot Tip: Style with Meaning
There are many ways to stylize your map. In this video, we cover the basics of styling your map as well as alternative ways to visualize your data! This series takes you from raw data to map in ArcGIS Online.

FAQ: How do I get started with administrative reports in ArcGIS Online?
Reports allow organization administrators to effectively and efficiently manage members, content, credits and activities in their ArcGIS Online organization. Learn about the types of reports you can run, how to create and use a credit report and an item report, and how to schedule reports to run automatically.

COVID-19 Resources

In British Columbia, ArcGIS Dashboards Unify the Pandemic Response
It’s as important now as it was at the beginning of the pandemic for public health decision makers to act quickly and collaboratively. These rapid decisions depend heavily on up-to-date, standardized and democratized data. Up-to-date case counts, recoveries, hospitalizations, ICU capacity and vaccine coverage are all essential for COVID-19 situational awareness and response. Most importantly, these insights should be made openly accessible to the public to foster trust and participation in health policy changes.

COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub
Esri Canada’s resource hub includes bilingual maps, apps and other COVID-19 resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated with case and vaccination data, COVID-19 open datasets, GIS training videos and other resources. Check out our COVID-19 Recovery Solutions and Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Solutions.

Visit the ArcGIS Solutions site to learn more about Esri’s suite of coronavirus recovery solutions.


App Builders at the 2022 Esri Developer Summit

HTTPS to be enforced for Esri Basemaps

Old Esri Vector Basemaps will be retired in 2022

ArcGIS Solutions 2022 Product Roadmap

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition (version 1.7)

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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

Software Alert: ArcGIS and CVE-2021-44228 Apache Log4j 2
Esri is actively investigating the impact of the Log4j library vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) disclosed on December 9, 2021, as some Esri products contain this common logging tool. This bulletin has been updated and contains the latest information about Esri products and will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

ArcMap Continued Support
ArcGIS 10.8.1 is the current release of ArcMap and will continue to be supported until March 1, 2026, as established in the ArcGIS Desktop Product Life Cycle. Esri released ArcMap 10.8.2 in December 2021. This was a maintenance release only and does not include new functionality. This update does not extend the ArcGIS 10.8.x product life cycle. Esri does not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9. The ArcMap Continued Support page, will be able to answer your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as contains resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro. Find out more about Migrating to ArcGIS Pro.

Deprecation Reminder for Explorer, Collector and Tracker
ArcGIS Field Maps was launched in October 2020 and replaces the functionality of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer and ArcGIS Tracker on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. These products (Collector, Explorer, Tracker) are currently available to download and are fully supported; however, they were retired in December 2021. Migration resources, including a migration guide, can be found in this blog.

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.8.1 Patch 9 (Desktop | Server)
ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.8.1 Spatial Analyst Patch
ArcGIS for INSPIRE 10.8.1 Patch 2

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Web Watch – Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: Sidney Spit – Image Classification
Located in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in British Columbia, Sidney Spit’s coastal sand ecosystem is under threat from invasive species. Parks Canada launched a restoration project, weaving western science and traditional knowledge of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations, Pauquachin First Nations and member bands of the Cowichan Nation. Parks Canada contracted TerraSense to collect high-resolution imagery using a remotely piloted aircraft system mounted with true colour and multispectral sensors. Using deep learning toolsets within ArcGIS Pro, an object-based image analysis was completed, resulting in the classification of vegetated and non-vegetated features. This is a valuable tool to monitor the distribution and health of plant species over time.

Screenshot of February Map of the Month in British Columbia

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year was celebrated earlier this month. The February 2022 Community Map of Canada Style of the Month is “Lunar New Year”.

Screenshot of the Lunar New Year style of the month.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 10: Management Perspectives with Matt Lewin
Matt Lewin, Esri Canada’s Director of Management Consulting, talks to Bill Shea, Director, Toronto Water, Distribution and Collection about how he explains how GIS can be used more broadly works with upper management. Want to expand your GIS team? What should you know to run one? Listen to this episode.

Maps Serve as a Compass for SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 by United Nations (UN) member states as the overarching blueprint for addressing vital, global challenges to ensure a better, more equitable, and viable future for all. They are the essence of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to eradicate poverty, heal and stabilize the planet, and build a peaceful world. But look at that date: 2030. The deadline is closing in on us—probably faster than many of us realize.

Geospatially Enabled BIM Data Proves Useful Beyond Construction
The Walk Bridge in Norwalk, Connecticut, carries four tracks of the Metro-North Railroad line over the Norwalk River. But this swing bridge, which currently swivels to accommodate boat traffic, was built in 1896 and has outlasted its intended life-span, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). It is being replaced by a vertical lift bridge that will ascend and descend to let ships pass through. And the entire bridge replacement project will be done while maintaining railroad traffic over the existing bridge—a complex undertaking, to say the least.

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Managing Geospatial Data in ArcGIS
Learn best practices to create a geodatabase to centrally store and efficiently manage your organization's authoritative geospatial data. You will develop skills needed to configure unique geodatabase features that ensure data integrity and accuracy over time and a thorough understanding of file and enterprise geodatabase capabilities.

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

Trendy & New: ArcGIS Online Winter 2022 | Feature Show
February 24, 2022
The #1 online platform that connects people, locations and data using interactive maps has had lots of exciting recent updates. Get ready to see the latest and greatest features to hit the ArcGIS Online runway. ArcGIS Online is known for its unique designs that allow users to analyze their data, collaborate, and share maps and apps. We’ll show you what’s popular and what you should be looking out for this season. With a variety of tools and functionality displayed throughout the show, you can pick up on some trends you may have missed and discover others to implement in your workflows right away. With a little something for everyone, we’ll keep you updated and in style until next season’s release. 

Maximize collaboration between ArcGIS and Autodesk using ArcGIS GeoBIM
March 23, 2022
ArcGIS GeoBIM delivers an innovative experience for teams to collaborate on BIM projects using data from multiple systems in a geospatial context. In this webinar, you will learn how the ArcGIS GeoBIM connection to Autodesk Construction Cloud blends design workflows resulting in a better GIS and BIM data experience.

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About the Author

George Kouroupis is the Director of Technology and Solutions for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers and business partners on the latest ArcGIS trends and technologies. With over 35 years’ experience in software development, project management and product management, George takes a holistic and pragmatic approach to addressing customer’s technical and business problems.

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